How are you celebrating Provo’s Birthday?

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It’s Provo’s 168th birthday on April 1st! (No joke) and we are celebrating all week long! We would love to have you help us celebrate the occasion any day from Monday, March 27th through Saturday, April 1st – in your homes, your neighborhoods, your schools and businesses. Please see below all the ways we’d love to have you celebrate:

1 – Join our Balloon Blitz

We want to decorate Provo for its birthday and we need your help. We want to fly as many yellow balloons around town as possible throughout the entire week. We are kicking off the blitz by placing 168 balloons along Center Street in honor of the 168th anniversary of Provo’s founding. You can join in by placing yellow balloons on your homes, in your neighborhoods, your schools, businesses and establishments. Do you have a favorite park, or landmark, or trailhead? Think about leaving a balloon there to pay tribute to “your Provo”.

Need some balloons? You can pick up one yellow balloon per person at the City Center Lobby (351 W Center Street) during business hours Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31.

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2 – Throw a Birthday Party

Get together with your classroom, colleagues, clients, family, friends or neighbors and throw a birthday party for our city. Try Pin the Y on the Mountain. Eat funeral potatoes. Play the Provo Celebrity Name Game (Jimmer! Donny! Mayor Curtis!). Serve BYU Creamery Ice Cream. Have a dance party spinning only local music. Test your trivia about Provo using facts from the Provo Library’s History of Provo City Timeline.

Need some party favors? Download our Provo Birthday Party packet and print out party hats, birthday signage and a coloring page. Included in the packet is Provo’s new theme song, a couple of birthday songs, and some videos that you can play at your party.

And don’t forget to add your party to the community calendar so we can showcase all of the amazing birthday parties that will be happening! Submit your event here.

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3 – Win a Birthday Cake

Are you on social media? Please take time next week to post one thing you appreciate about Provo (the mountains, the parks, the ample number of babies) and tag it with #happybirthdayprovo. Share your experience while you attend a Provo birthday celebration or participate in the balloon blitz. Or check out Visit Utah Valley’s list of Things to do in Provo for some great ideas.

I’ll be retweeting, liking and sharing your posts all week long, so please be generous. I’m also giving out birthday gifts to a few lucky winners each day! If I see your photo or message on social media, you could win a personal birthday cake!

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Photo by @goodthymeeatery

3 – Enter the Coloring Contest

Local Artist Steve Vistaunet has created a Happy Birthday Provo coloring page that is bright and sunny and perfect for all ages. You can either download the coloring page here (also found in our Provo Birthday Party packet) or pick one up at our 311 Customer Service counter (351 W Center Street).

Color the page just for fun or turn it back in to our 311 desk to be entered to win a prize bag full of Provo birthday gifts! Be sure to turn in your completed coloring page by Friday, March 31 and include your name and email on the back. Also, all coloring pages will be displayed in our Provo City lobby during the month of April.

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4 – Attend a Community Event

Local businesses, community members, and organizations are celebrating Provo’s birthday by hosting public events. If you would like to attend a party and join in the celebration, check out a list of events found on the Facebook Event Page and on my calendar. We’ll be adding events to the calendar every day so check back regularly. There is practically a party scheduled every day this week! For example, here’s a list of just a few of the events:

Tuesday, March 28 (Provo Birthday Bike Ride) Join Provo’s Bike Committee for a bicycle ride around some of Provo’s historic locations in celebration of the city’s 168th birthday on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Meet us at 5:00 pm at the Provo City Library at Academy Square’s west lawn. Jessie Embry, a BYU emeritus history professor and specialist of Utah and Mormon history will provide the introduction of Provo’s early history in the second half of the 19th century and then the ride will highlight Provo’s architecture from that period. It will be a casual, family friendly ride.

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Wednesday, March 29 (Provo Birthday Fiber Party) Google Fiber wishes Provo a happy birthday! Stop by the Google Fiber Space during business hours (10:00 am – 7:00 pm) Wednesday – Saturday to write a birthday wish for Provo in our giant card, grab a goodie, take a pic in the photo booth, color away, and have a treat. For more information and to tell us your coming visit the event page here: https://fiber.google.com/cities/provo/events/

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Thursday, March 30 (Provo Birthday Carnival) This Thursday, March 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm come celebrate Provo’s 168th birthday with us! The Startup Building, Dev Mountain, IFA, Enigma Events, and Provo Food Truck Roundup will hosting a birthday celebration. There will be a bounce house, fire truck, petting zoo, and food trucks! It will be a ton of fun for the whole family!

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Monday, April 3 (Provo Founder’s Day Celebration) Please make note that due to the LDS General Conference being held the same weekend, the Founder’s Day celebration has been moved to Monday April 3rd. Come celebrate the 168th anniversary of the founding of Provo City! This will be a family-friendly historical event to celebrate the city’s story. The gates will open at 5:00 pm. At 6:00 Robert Carter, historian and author of three books, will give a presentation on the history of Founder’s Day celebrations in the Carriage House. Mr. Carter is very knowledgable and entertaining, so this lecture is not one to be missed! A children’s program will be held in the schoolhouse and there will be blacksmithing demonstrations in the blacksmith shop.

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